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Sullivan baptism
Mollie Rankin Sullivan, daughter of Meredith and Paul Sullivan of Salisbury, will be baptized this morning at First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury. Dr. Jim Dunkin is pastor, and Randy Reamer will serve as assisting elder.
Mollie will be wearing a christening gown made by her maternal great-great-grandmother, and worn by her grandmother and mother at their baptisms.Grandparents are Marcia and Randy Reamer of Salisbury. Ellen Rankin Reamer of Salisbury is great-grandmother.Black honored
Kannapolis native Janet Ward Black, trial attorney and current president of the North Carolina Bar Association, returned to her hometown Feb. 16 to celebrate her 49th birthday with friends and family. Her mother, Fran Black Holland, hosted a luncheon at 46.
Childhood girlfriends and former caregivers reminisced about Black as a young girl. Family friend Mary Frances Neal recalled her memory of Black as being “smart as a whip” and J. Carlyle Rutledge, Kannapolis attorney and philanthropist, reiterated that sentiment and praised Black for her character and accomplishments as an attorney.
Black, who was the first female assistant district attorney in Cabarrus and Rowan counties in 1985, practiced law in Salisbury until 1992. Since then, she has practiced law in Greensboro, establishing Ward Black Law in 2006.
Since becoming president of the state Bar in June, Black has established the Bar’s “4All” campaign to expand funding for Legal Aid of North Carolina.
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Yawn Patrol Zone Toastmasters met Feb. 19 at United Cabarrus Insurance offices. Ken Miller was toastmaster. Table topics winner was Helen Leak. Ken Carroll was voted Best Speaker and Ann Boone-Carroll was voted Best Evaluator.
Helen Leak, Tim and June Pryor and Kevin Carroll were welcomed as a visitors.

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